Om Sham Shanaishcharaye Namah
Saniswaraya * Sauri * Thariya * Kala-Raja
Saturn * Kevan
Saturan * Sauran * Kronos * Kaivan * Kevan * Anu * Ninurta * El * Eli
"the old sun, the best sun"
durosha-karaka * durability, endurance
jarana-karaka * significator of age, elderly
niyama-karaka * law, limitation, penance
ORDER and Orderliness
Rules, Straight-Paths, Corrections
Time, Gravity, Consequences
Skeleton, Structure, Systems
Materiality, Density, Age, Weight
stones, bones, geometry, crystal
fear of forward movement
fear of disruption
fear of change
Shani is Windy!
Video: Bashar channeling on Social Conditioning and Repeated Parental Training
six-pointed talisman of Saturn
| "Time I am, destroyer of the worlds, and I have come to engage all men." |
~~ Lord Krishna in Bhagavad-gita 11.32
BPHS Shani Mahadasha
BP Lama commentary 9 bhukti Shani Mahadasha
BP Lama commentary additional interpretation Shani Mahadasha
|Shani stotra:||"Nelanjan samabhasam ravi putram yamagrajam |
Chaaya martand sambhutam tam namami shanaischaram"
|~~ Sen-Irish Free State 1922-1928, poet, occultist W.B. Yeats|| "Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to |
realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom."
|~~ Israel-PM 1898-1978 Golda Meir||
"Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you’re aboard, there’s
nothing you can do. You can’t stop the plane, you can’t stop the storm, you
can’t stop time. So one might as well accept it calmly, wisely." |
(Golda Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel in 1969 at her age 70, and in a challenging state of health. She served until 1974, her age 76)
|name and parentage||Saturan = "the seventh one" (satu = 7) |
Shani is the seventh son of hel, Helia
(helio, the Sun, Helen, patroness of Hellenic culture; also the name of another Very Hot Place.)
Humans are multi-dimensional and humans can
volitionally change their vibrational perceptual
Shani represents one portion of the human experience.
Shani represents the fields of perception that are "below" one's highest consciousness.
It is a fundamental rule of the structure of energy that denizens of an vibrational level can see what is at that level or below that level. However one cannot perceive what is above the vibrational level one is currently experiencing. ()
Shani represents the first-dimensional vibration which provides the atomic structure of all material reality in-and-on Earth Aryth Tyreth Terra, the water-bubble planet. Relative to the higher "whining" vibrational frequencies of thought and emotion, Shani represents the lower "humming" vibrations of the fixed tangible reality such as minerals and things which move slowly.
All humans are given the privilege to develop first-dimensional bodies composed of water, gasses, and minerals. Human have first-dimensional bodies but third-dimensional emotions and fourth-dimensional consciousness.
In whichever bhava Shani resides within the nativity, Professor Shani wishes to instruct upon the topics of lower vibration. Lower does not mean lesser in value or morally inferior; rather, lower indicates the more fixed and slower realities without which Earthly life would collapse.
As professor Shani preaches upon time, resistance to change, rigidity, and fear, He will demonstrate these characteristics via strategically placed dramatis personae within the social drama.
Note that for Vrishabha yogakaraka Shani supports professional excellence (dharmesha-9 and karmesha-10 ) and for Thula lagna yogakaraka Shani supports schooling and intelligence (bandesha-4 and L-5). Matters of the specific bhava are still affected by Shani's lower vibration, but the outcome is raised. Also, Shani's effects are improved when He occupies Makara, Kumbha, or Thula.
Shani in Bhava-1 * the physical fleshbody is often of a lower vibration than the emotional and mental consciousness. It may be an ongoing struggle to balance the fear-and-survival energies of the fleshbody with the higher perceptions of the astral and etheric bodies. Free movement may be a challenge due to overarching concern with public approval. May feel somewhat entrapped by harsh rules of social class-systems. The fleshly encasement has rule-imposing class-structured Shani vibration. Often a hard worker with a rigid or judgmental personality.
Shani in bhava-2 * the family of origin and their values lineage are often of a lower vibration than the native. Their habits of speech, song, banking, reckoning history, storytelling and storage may seem fearful or primitive to the native. Their faces, eyes, mouths, teeth or voices may seem darker, bonier, stonier, dimmer, or harsher than the native's. The nuclear family's vibration matches the vibration of the plebiscite which is lower than the native's core consciousness. Its treasuries have a rule-imposing class-structured Shani vibration.
Shani in Bhava-3 * the siblings (particularly the immediate younger one) and workmates are often of a lower vibration than the native. Their communicative behaviors may seem harsh, fearful or vulgar. Their hands and gestures seems primitive. The sibling-teammate-cohort has rule-imposing class-structured Shani vibration. Writing and publishing matches the vibration of the plebiscite. Shani-3 in swabhava of Budha is considered generally a neutral placement, but there will be certain low-energy agents associated with mental depression, rigidly rule-bound departmental management, lowest-common-denominator thinking within the cohort or ensemble, and institutionalized communication scripts.
Shani in Bhava-4 * The parents (particularly the mother) the local people and the local religion, the ethnic roots, the place of settlement, the schoolteachers, the police, the landowners, agents of transportation such as drivers and engineers, the farmers and the fisherfolk are all charged with imposing a vibration that is lower than the native's core consciousness.
Shani in Bhava-5 * Singularly the most challenging placement for Shani. The children, the love interests, the father's father, the political system, and the denizens of the worlds of gambling, drama, fashion, royalty, and celebrity are all charged with imposing a vibration that is lower than the native's core consciousness. Thus Shani imposes His orderly limitations upon the charismatic Divine Intelligence, and responsibilities repress romance. It can be a bitter experience.
Shani in Bhava-6 * The mother's relatives, the physicians, the pharmacists, the ill and addicted, the impoverished and the exploited, the usurers, the enslavers and the slaves, the ministers of service and the servants, are all charged with imposing a vibration that is lower than the native's core consciousness. Since public expectation of underclass behaviors and those who serve the enslaved is consistent with the reality of Shani's vibrational match to the plebiscite., Shani-6 rewards acceptance of injustice, maturity, humility, realism, and persistence. Shani-6 in swabhava of Budha is considered generally a neutral-to-helpful placement, but there will be certain low-energy agents associated with chronic illness, rigidly rule-bound medical practices, and institutionalized crime.
Shani in Bhava-7 * digbala * The spousal partner, business partner, avowed partners, parents of the mother, and peer-advisers are all charged with imposing a vibration that is lower than the native's core consciousness. Since public expectation of long-lasting vows and solid promises is consistent with the reality of Shani's lower vibration, Shani-7 is considered a helpful placement which rewards lawfulness, maturity, endurance, and commitment to the agreement (not to the person, but to the promise).
Shani in Bhava-8 * Also a challenging placement indicating resistance to new identities and very long life. The spouse's family * in-laws *, agents of confidential information, agents of secrecy, emergency and disaster, the mother's lovers, and counselors to the family of origin such as family attorneys (7th-from-2nd) are all charged with imposing a vibration that is lower than the native's core consciousness. This placement tends to block inheritance due to the fear and resistance energy of the trustees of the will. The spouse contributes little to the joint coffers of the marriage union.
Shani in Bhava-9 * The father, the grandchildren, the indoctrinators, the philosophers and theologians, the theorists and the universities, the guru-figures, popes and pulpits, the temples of high discourse on sacred truth are all charged with imposing a vibration that is lower than the native's core consciousness. In particular the father's rigidly judgmental or plebian personality my be a burden. Shani-9 in swabhava of Guru is considered generally a neutral placement, but there will be certain low-energy agents associated with rigid rules of patronage, authoritarian professorship, patriarchal hierarchies, and imposed orthodoxy of belief.
Shani in Bhava-10 * The government bureaucrats, the elite classes, the father's family are all charged with imposing a vibration that is lower than the native's core consciousness. It can be demanding to carry the heavy burden of social leadership responsibility due to fear of excessive exposure in the light of the public attention. However, since public expectation of institutional duty is consistent with the reality of Shani's lower vibration, Shani-10 is considered a helpful placement which rewards maturity, endurance, adherence to the class structure of the social order, and lawfulness of public conduct.
Shani in Bhava-11 * The economic system and its agents, the friendship network, the social community, the father's siblings, and the children's marriage partners are all charged with imposing a vibration that is lower than the native's core consciousness. It can be hard to make a living due to fear of social networks. However, since public expectation of income-earning effort is consistent with the reality of Shani's vibrational match to the plebiscite, Shani-11 is considered a helpful placement which rewards maturity, endurance, and regularity of effort.
Shani in Bhava-12 * The father's parents, the mother's father, the cloistered sanctuaries, agents of distant worlds including spirit guides and ancestors, agents of hospitals and enclosures, camps and prisons, are all charged with imposing a vibration that is lower than the native's core consciousness. Often associated with involuntary (Shani) enclosure such as lengthy lawful detainment or imprisonment. Shani-12 in swabhava of Guru is considered generally a neutral placement, but there will be certain low-energy agents associated with distant worlds and matters of imprisonment or involuntary enclosure.
|Shani * Saturan |
vocabulary in English
words from 'stat' and 'stand' = not moving
statue, static, status, estate, station, statute, stature, statistics, statement, gestation, stationary, statutory, thermostat, workstation
standard, withstand, standpoint, understand
ecstatic, apostasy, overstate, understate, nonstandard,
|Professor Shani's Direction||West = pratichina = pratici |
|Professor Shani's Metal||In the Persian-Arabic-European traditions, and in Jyotisha, Shani is associated with the metal called Lead (germ) * plumbum (Lat), bhujagAhvaya, gandhAra, kuvaGga. nAgagarbha, sIsaka, etcetera.|
|~~ POTUS-33 Trial and Hope Harry Truman||"A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities
and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.”
Shanicarya ** The Old Sun
|Shani yuti Other Graha|
Gochara * Transits of Shani
|More about Shani * Sauri|
|durosha-karaka in 12 bhava |
things and environments that are hard, stiff, tough, difficult, resistant, unchanging, inflexible, reliable, steady, disciplined, strict, heavy, punitive, plain, commonplace, lawful, or chronic
materialism, social conformity
|1 hardness of the physical body, resistance to movement, stiffness, materialism of the social personality |
2 hardness of the food, materialism of the birth family's values, plain speech, dry eyes, slowed acquisition of treasuries
3 hardness in the lungs, depressed mentality, stiff hands and arms, slow communications, materialism of the siblings
4 hardness in the stomach, practical sober mother, materialism taught via schooling, slow acquisition of vehicles of transport
5 hardness of the heart, materialism in love, disciplined children, dry practical creativity, practical sober intelligence, romance karma
6 hardness of digestion, chronic illness and debt, common problems
7 hardness of the visible genitalia, older materialistic partner, strict adherence to vows
8 hardness of the internal reproductive organs, slowed identity changes, resistance to transformation
9 hardness of the sacral plexus and hips, practical sober father, strictness of the orthodox teachings, resistance to global culture, internationalization karma
10 hardness stiffness pinching of the knees, heavy public duties, harsh government, slow to acquire respect, social leadership karma
11 hardness of the calves, rigid rules of the marketplace, depressed earnings, resistance to friendship, friendship karma
12 hardness of the feet, materialism of the ancestors, resistance to dreams, harsh prisons, restricted imagination, karma of distant lands
|Order, fixed steps, orderliness, and material consequences in the 12 bhava|| |
|Legitimation Issues |
Testings and Provings
Necessity to Earn Rank, Status, Credibility, Legitimacy
Saturnus from Codex de Sphaera c. 1469 CE
Karmic Focus of the Life |
RequiredAttention to Issues and Pressures
Slow-moving, intractable, repeating blockages
|SHANI Matches Fear in the Environment of His bhava |
None of the fears that we may encounter in life are essentially ours. These fears are temporary attachments and these fears can easily be detached from clinging to us by identifying the fear and"unmatching" the source of the fear. Understanding the role of Shani in each bhava provides a scientific method to identify and remove karmic fears!
Understanding the role of Shani in each bhava provides a scientific method to identify and remove karmic fears!
|WE DON'T KNOW OURSELVES |
The Authentic Life: Zen Wisdom for Living Free from Complacency and Fear
by Ezra Bayda, p 72
|"Most of us, most of the time, are content to blindly skate on the thin ice, taking our life for granted. We choose patterns or strategies of behavior to try to control our world - in part, to help us avoid the anxious quiver in our being. We all have strategies that we're familiar with, such as trying harder or seeking diversions. |
We use these to skate along, hoping to avoid having to feel the fears that we don't want to address - such as the fears of loss of control, of failure, of being unworthy, of being alone, and so on. Rarely do we question our strategies; usually we just follow them blindly.
But in following them we limit ourselves and define our own boundaries, and our life narrows down into a sense of vague dissatisfaction.
We have to start from the premise that we don't really know ourselves very well. Knowing ourselves involves clarifying all the ways we're run by the self-centered mind.
This means we have to uncover our most basic identities and beliefs, observe our typical strategies of behavior, and perhaps most important of all, become very familiar with our fears."
|Zani psychology||What doesn't help |
Zani and Fear
Zani and Choices
Zani and Healing
Responsibility or Fear?
Shani rhetoric of Fear and Absolute Necessity
Catching Negative Subconscious Projections in real-Time
No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva
"None of us wants to be miserable; we all want to be happy.
No matter how much we long for joy, it will elude us if we continue buying into concepts of right and wrong, good and bad, acceptance and rejection.
What ultimately frees us from these constricting patterns is to stop reifying our experience and to connect with the ineffable, groundless nature of all phenomena."
14th Dalai Lama 1935- Policy of Kindness Tenzing Gyatso .
"Progress comes by maintaining constant effort in daily practice."
|~~ A New Earth 1948- spiritual explainer Eckhart Tolle|| "Why does the mind habitually deny or resist the Now? |
Because it cannot function and remain in control without time, which is past and future, so it perceives the timeless Now as threatening.
Time and mind are in fact inseparable."
|Regional Names for Zani |
Hebrew (Amos 5:26) Arabic, Syrian =Kaiwan
Saturan Zoroastrian Bundahish = Kevan
Zoroastrian Bundahish = Kevan
Ravi-putram * child of Ravi
Yama-agrajam * elder brother of Yama
Chchaya-martaanda * shadow of the Sun
"With the ancient is wisdom;
and in length of days understanding."
"I should be dead already,
but there is work to do."
"Terrors overwhelm me;
my dignity is driven away as by the wind,
my safety vanishes like a cloud."
Delphinium Staphysagria = an effective homeopathic remedy for ailments caused by repressed anger and indignation * Shani
N.B. Professor Shani's purple color. Photo from ecomusee-sainte-baume.asso.fr
"But you see, there is nothing about you that you can get rid of.
The energy that you expend to ‘get rid of' something actually draws it to you.
You see how it works?"
~~ from the English Burial Service.
[Originates in phrasing from Genesis 3: 19 of the King James translated Bible]
"In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground;
for out of it wast thou taken:
for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return"
~~ Baba Ram Dass
"Your problem is that you are too busy holding onto your unworthiness."
"Pain itself destroys pain.
Suffering itself frees man from suffering."
|American proverb||Use it up ~ Wear it out ~ Make it do ~ or Do without|
the karmic Clean-Up Planet
"Professor Shani's extreme strength will give long life as well as miseries " ~~ BPHS Ch 27
Regulated Systems: (1) Makara = Hierarchical, Vertical Systems (2) Kumbha = Lateral, Distributive Systems
Discipline, Continence; Brahmacharya;
Difficulties, Damage, Doubt, Distance, Denial, Delay
Delayed not denied; elegant not erased; frustration not failure
the Weight of Ignorance
the Discipline of Penance
the Structure of the Universe
the Power of No
Resistance * Persistence * Insistence * Cease and Desist
Shani restricts and delays, but He rarely denies
Shani karaka for all things "duroshya" (slow) produces comfortable results with maturity and Time
|~~"Be Here Now 1931- Baba Ram Dass|| |
The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of the suffering.
|Professor Shani's voice in the inner narrative||Master of"the Power of No", Professor Shani attempts to direct inner focus and attention toward the prevention of irregular movements. |
Shanicaryais loudly and repeatedly, often punitively, insistent in His announcement that due to a scarcity of resources There is No Permission to Act Now.
Sanaischara, Sauri, Kala, and Chayasuta:
these are other names by which Shani is called.
Saturn has an emaciated and long physique, has tawny eyes,
is windy in temperament, has big teeth,
is indolent and lame, and has coarse hair.
Illustration from Sonnerat's 'Voyage aux Indes Orientales et a la Chine, fait par ordre du roi, depuis 1774 jusqu'en 1781'
('Voyage to the East Indies and China, made by order of the king, from 1774 to 1781').
wikipedia: Shani Jyotisha
wikipedia: Saturn western mythology
wikipedia: Kronos western god of Time
" Time is what keeps the light from reaching us.
There is no greater obstacle to God than time."
~~ A New Earth 1948- spiritual explainer Eckhart Tolle
Contemplate of Shani with the lustre, like that of Indraneela,
with four arms,
carrying Shoola, bow, arrow and Vara,
mounted on a donkey.
(from Das )
"Adversities, captivity, difficulties, austere, enjoyment denied, barriers, bondage, deterrence, black, blue, grey, dangers, destruction, dejection, depression, discipline, destroyer of illusion, dreadful, terms, endless, helplessness, frustration, introverted, humiliation, martyrs, inactive, lack of desire, low class ways/people, mental trouble, misery, misfortunes, monks, sannyas, old persons, death, bones, persistent, patience, philosophers, profound poverty, sorrows, power for austerity, profession in general, seriousness, slow, gradual, nature, surrender, thin, lean, unattractive to worldly people, undesirable things, worker-class "
Topics of Shani
matters of government,
Suggestions toward an easier, more neutral Shani experience
|14th Dalai Lama 1935- Policy of Kindness Tenzing Gyatso . || "Effort is crucial in the beginning for generating a strong will. |
We all have the Buddha nature and thus already have within us the substances through which, when we meet with the proper conditions, we can turn into a fully enlightened being having all beneficial attributes and devoid of all faults.
It is important to have a strong force of mind thinking, I can do it,” this not being mixed with pride or any other afflictive emotion.
One brings failure on oneself by working extremely hard at the beginning, attempting to do too much, and then giving it all up after a short time.
Similarly, when meditating, you need to be skillful by having frequent, short sessions; it is more important that the session be of good quality than that it be long."
Nepal Himalaya : Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Annapurna III + Gangapurna
When will Shani stop abusing me?
Shani-related matters will begin to improve after Professor Shani's age of maturity pakvata = age 36.
Presuming adequate natural intelligence, after age 60, one has experienced so many iterations of the classic repeating obstacle-limitation-deprivation-punishments which Shani imposes that one does get a sense of the overall structure of one's karmic dilemma.
One is indeed soliciting the painful situations, albeit usually with no consciousness of doing so in the moment.
I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble."
"Your joy can only fill you as deeply as your sorrow has carved you."
If God brings you to it, She will bring you through it.
~~Helen Keller (1880-1968)
"The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes,
but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker."
Regulation, austerity and restriction, Endurance, Patience, Resignation, Acceptance, Neutrality, Scientific Method, testing and provings, things that withstand the Test of Time, large complex regulated systems, Law and Policy, Government, Crowd Control, Public Service, Bureaucracy, distribution systems management, leadership; orderly social reform movements, conservatism, large gatherings such as mela, marketplaces and fayres * especially Kumbha; concerns of the common people, work and workers, trade unions, material survival, imposition of order and conformity to law, scarcity and fear, rough and vulgar, hunger, punishment, and death. Blackish-blue and very dark purple things.
The Shani Narrative
Shani represents the karmic voice of negativity, austerity, resistance, and fear within the inner narrative. a yusha-karaka Shani generates an internal dialog about age, aging, bitterness, brittleness, harshness, dryness, coldness, stiffness, structure, respect, reputation, public dignity, private grief, and the sadness but inevitable passing of Time. Shani is the voice of obligation, imperative, necessity, rules, requirements, systems, government, punishment, and material"reality".
The inner narrative itself is composed of numerous voices represented by the nine Jyotisha graha, the the conversations between those graha as indicated by their mutual drishti.
The origins of this inner narrative may be found in parallel lives; however it is just as easy to see the origins of the narrative in the micro-replay of all the major karmas during childhood. For example in childhood Surya will show the father, Chandra the mother, Budha the siblings, Kuja the brothers and uncles, Shukra the sisters and aunts, Guru the teachers and priests, and Shani the overall structure of the family, government, and community.
|Rashi of Shani: defining the environment that is most demanding and difficult for No-Go Shani||Shani is the agent of"no-change", conformity, uniformity, non-movement, non-innovation, freeze-up, seize-up, stop. Professor Shani's rashi shows the type of environment in which Shani must lawfully be situated; yet the people, places, and things in this environment are anathema to Him, and He must always resist them. |
Professor Shani's rashi shows "where you are stuck" in the karmic curriculum. It is a study course that you need to repeat. This course has theory,"problem sets " for practice in applying principles to abstract problems, laboratory experiments using real substances, research papers presenting what others think about the topic, projects demonstrating your ability to put theory into practice, and final examinations.
Professor Shani's rashi shows the difficult environment with its features and actors, who create the venue in which Shani expresses fear, anxiety, and punishment, along with stepwise earning of the privilege to advance in hierarchies and imposition of lawful social order.
"First is ignorance - not knowing the truth and not realizing that we do not know.
Second is materialism - the belief that there is nothing but the physical.
As spiritual beings, we long for the Divine, but we lose contact with this source of truth if we trust only our senses.
There is also hopelessness , which robs us of our joy and movement toward the light."
Correction of past errors; payment of old debt
How to appease Shani
Shani regulates the repayment of debt which originated in actions which caused harm to others in parallel lives .
In the present lifetime, these account-balancing actions recur"on the flip side". the native is now positioned to be inconvenienced, punished, slowed, frustrated, and possibly more severely harmed.
(In general, Shani does not cause bodily harm. Hurting the body is more properly the job of Mangala the Aggressor.)
Professor Shani's portfolio in the various rashi produces laborious, slothful, incorrigible, repetitive, change-resistant, and persistently frustrating situations .
Lawful Shani being the Karma planet, most of the saturnine behaviors have a negative, dark, rather sour and bitter quality.
Cold, dry, unyielding Shani = human behaviors which are fundamentally stubborn, persistent, punitive and slow .
However, on the plus side, Shani trusts in the Law and calmly supports its application to all situations of Life.
Professor Shani's Friends and Enemies
Growing old is Mandatory.
Growing up is Optional.
Shani-Kronos = Time - Kala
Shani represents those tasks, duties, relationships, experiences, and perceptions which we must perform over and over.... and over and over... until Ignorance has been converted into Wisdom . Shani rules Chronicity, obligatory repetition, natural laws, Time, routine, drill.
After determining Professor Shani's character by rashi, drishti, and bhava, consider making a commitment to Shani. For example, Shani in 7 requires a commitment to exceptionally regular practice in marriage.
A conventional approach to religion is required by Shani in 9.
In 2, He demands (what seems like) nearly infinite repetition of difficult family matters and financial disappointment, until a sufficient humility is in place; however as with all bhava once the native admits the severe karmic ignorance of Shani and asks for help, the ignorance is already well on its way to becoming wisdom. Admitting one's ignorance is often the most difficult step.
If Professor Shani's demands are met, He will reward regular practice with dignified social reputation (10) and material accomplishment (11).
Ideal conditions for Shani
According to BPHS Chap 47: 53-56, Shani performs best under these conditions:.
"If Shani is
In BPHS 47, it is predicted that a Shani placement which includes these beneficial traits will produce in the Shani Mahadasha
~~ Waste Land 1888-1965 publisher T.S. Eliot --from the poem, "East Coker"
"I said to my soul,
and wait without hope".
~~ Digha Nikaya ii 333
"The wise do not seek to hasten the ripening of that which is not yet ripe,
but rather they wisely await its ripening."
Planets in Kumbha certainly get the cold, dry, pessimistic, somber, materialistic, and structural influence of Shani.
But when considering the difference between Professor Shani's character in his two adjacent rashi of Makara and Kumbha, it's important to note the lunar psychic quality of Kumbha to understand the distinctions between these two rashi. Frawley's explanation of why Kuja is exalted in Makara, for example, is quite sensible.
Be Here Now 1931- Baba Ram Dass
Resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering.
Saravali, Ch. 7-13
"Saturn in Karaka for lead, zinc, black metals, inferior grains, dead relatives, fools, servants, mean women,
salable goods, servants, poor people and self restraint.
(Apart from meaning self restraint also means investing with sacred thread which is in vogue to give"second birth" to Brahmins) ."
H. H.Dalai Lama ,
"Countless rebirths lie ahead, both good and bad.
Just as someone witnessed by police in a criminal act will eventually be caught and punished,
so we too must face the consequences of faulty actions we have committed in the past, there is no way to be at ease;
~~ Samuel Butler
If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do,
we shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do.
Shani gives psychic"serious " energy !
Your mother was right: When you grow up, you have to clean up after yourself. No one else will clean up for you.
"Waiting [is] the great vocation of the dispossessed."
~~ Mary Gordon, on the long, long lines for immigrant-processing at Ellis Island. NY Times 3 Nov 1885
Uttama or swakshetra Shani in a dushthamsha can give extraordinary service results.
Dignified Shani in a dushthamsha generally seeks public service engagement, typically through employment in large institutions or social systems.
In Sahajasthana * bhava-3:
Service offering tends to contribute communications skills in public administration , with the native diligently improving the customer service messaging and responsiveness of organizations involved in social aid, social coordination, or public discourse of the narrative type. (Discourses are public = Shani but not specifically argumentative, but rather literary text weavings, conversational and witty.)
Shani-3 undertakes the obligation to impose lawful communications. When Professor Shani's classroom is located in bhava-3, one may experience some mental depression. Professor Shani creates a practice environment which may signal negative thinking and ever-present fear of punitive group interaction. Yet a well supported Shani-3 may be tasked to attend bureaucratic planning meetings and shapes advertising programs which attend to the requirements of the commoners.
Professor Shani in Aristhana * bhava-6:
Professor Shani in randhrasthana * bhava-8:
In vyayasthana * bhava-12:
Professor Shani in dushthamsha is working diligently behind the scenes. Rarely a celebrity; often beset with significant animosity or illness (6) traumatic shock (8) or isolation (12).
However when Professor Shani's classroom is located in bhava-1, the native could become a very well known personality.
Shani is in many ways the most important planet in the chart of any person born on Earth, because Shani shows the way we serve others. Seva, or conscious service, is a guaranteed way to burn off the effects of past-life errors. Shani shows how, when, and why we can consciously serve.
Shani reveals what type of experience, what facet of the human condition, is most difficult for the native to understand and accept in this life. Shani shows the location of the person's greatest ignorance, fear, and bondage to material reality. Of these the most key for service is fear.
Shani represents the harm we have inadvertently caused others in parallel lives . (Even if one willfully harmed another in a parallel life , we can call it inadvertent because it was done in ignorance of the Karmic Law.)
When we have harmed another then the karmic machine is set in operation. Shani will ensure that we enter a future lifetime positioned to receive precisely that harm we once delivered to another. By and large the harming agent is precisely the person we hurt in that parallel life .
People reincarnate in karmic groups over and over, specifically to facilitate this karmic payback. Although being in a dysfunctional family, marriage, or workgroup doesn't feel very pleasant, it's actually how we liberate each other.
The nature of one's conscious service offering is known through Shani and his relationship to all the other Graha.
Shani may give comfortable and pleasing results through things that are old, exhausted of value, arid, working-class, mass-produced, inexpensive, simple, and commonplace.
One blessed with a Thula-Vrishabha combination = Thula lagna with Chandra in Vrishabha, or Vrishabha lagna with Chandra in Thula = a good deal of power during Shani periods.
The Shani Finger
Professor Shani in the radix and varga charts corresponds to the Shani finger on the human hand. Saturn's finger is the second-from-index finger - normally the longest finger, mid-way between the thumb and the final finger.
When the hand features a long, sturdy Shani finger, the Jyotisha charts will always contain a strong and effective Shani. Shani may have weight in sign or kendra, or receive powerful aspects. The more distinguished is the Shani finger, the more urgent and capable is the person's will toward Seva, or conscious service.
Abbreviated Shani finger suggests the person is not yet conscious enough to work for the happiness of others as a key to their own liberation. Such a person is often in terrible bondage to their own need and unable to hear the constant messages from beyond the material world which can guide us away from suffering.
Enlightenment must come little by little - otherwise it would overwhelm.
There is more liberation potential in those recurring karmic scenes during your Shani Mahadasha, bhukti, or transit than in any other transaction. If you have Professor Shani in kendra, where He commands your body, home, marriage, or career you know these ego-challenges are brutal but very purifying.
Professor Shani's classroom has some fixed rules. If you are conscious enough to accept the discipline in exchange for a clear mind, here is a general idea of what Shani requires:
These are general rules of course but you get the idea: simple, neutral, aware. Apply these rules to your life practice when Shani becomes strong.
Shani is strongest during the times when He is bhukti lord and simultaneously He is also transiting the rashi zone of major planets or kendras in the nativity.
For example, if Shani would be casting a gochara drishti on your Moon (or maximum effect Sade Saati ) during a Moon/Shani period , the emotions get VERY serious.
Expect some serious depression to the point of self-loathing, and [isn't it lovely] it lasts for several years. Probably you'll need deep healing, so go get it.
Ignorance, Survival, and the Seven Deadly Sins
Professor Shani's job is to correct moral errors made in parallel lives . These past errors of judgment and their unfortunate social results are listed in detail in each soul's Akashic Record . Saturn governs sin - from the Latin sine meaning lacking i.e. ignorance. Sin is another word for ignorance. Sin and the karmic obligation to correct sin results from ignorance of the Golden Rule. Knowledge and conscious practice corrects sin, and gets Shani off your back.
The most popular ways to break the Golden Rule are well-known in the west as the Seven Deadly Sins. (If you grew up Catholic you got this list with your mother's milk or at least with your catechism.) These essential perfections of human ignorance are all rooted in selfishness: survival thinking, scarcity thinking, and fear.
Luckily there are also seven virtues which, conscientiously applied, will fix most Saturn-caused problems. In other words, if an action is motivated by these generous, charitable, and compassionate attitudes that act will carry out the Golden Rule. The resulting positive social effect will be recorded in the credit column of the Akashic record. Karma is ridiculously simple.
If this list is too long or ponderous or you just can't remember the catechism, the seven virtues easily boil down to * Compassion * . Think first about the effect your thought or action will have on others. Saturn's job is to force this pause in thinking. Saturn's role is to make relationships, jobs, families, wealth, health all difficult enough that we must stop and think .
Saturn is definitely the Bad Boy of the Seven Planets because He is the agent for the toughest karma - the painful payback. Yet, without the payback, we can't correct the moral errors of parallel lives . Professor Shani's job is to force us to chip away at our karmic backlog. We all have a certain amount of debt to repay.
Depending on Professor Shani's angularity in the charts, Shani may force a person to deal with their debt constantly.
Shani can be very oppressive, relentlessly creating difficult situations for the soul to struggle with. Shani rules poverty, fear, sickness, ignorance - all the fun stuff. A tough Shani position makes a person quite the expert in the dark truths of the human condition.
But even in nativities wherein Shani = a semi-beneficial agent bringing dignity, such Vrishabha or Thula, Lord Shanaicarya will come down hard bearing heavy responsibilities as the price for that dignity. during His planetary periods. Saturn mahadasha lasts 19 years, and Saturn bhukti (sub-periods) within each mahadasha can last from one to three years.
During periods of Professor Shani's classroom, it's best to just bite the bullet . Shani is a VERY HARD WORKING fellow. When and where He's in charge, He expects you to be hard-working, modest in comportment, and socially lawful too.
Accept responsibility. (Not guilt! Just responsibility.) NEUTRAL non-guilty responsibility. For your role in creating the difficulties you will inevitably face, release any claim to blame others, and set to work applying your intelligence to the solution. This neutral style of problem solving which fully defines the grievance but is not psycho-emotionally attached to perpetuating it, is exactly what Shani wants. Follow the rules and Shani will give you excellent results.
You'll see the full results of Professor Shani's problem-solving and guilt-releasing on your death bed. That's where the rubber meets the road, spiritually speaking. It's a good idea to tidy up as much psychic debris as possible during this blessed lifetime. That's what we're here for.
It's incredibly hard to obtain one of these human bodies. Esoterically it is said that only one in 10,000 candidates will actually receive a human body. Those 10,000 candidate spirits are morally eligible to get a highly desirable earth body, but there is a tremendous shortage and the queue is amazingly huge. Be grateful - if you're reading this with your water-bubble eyes, you got one of those incredible earth bodies! Use it to advantage. Make every thought and action conform to the Golden Rule.
If others hurt you through their ignorance when they ignore the Rule, appreciate that the Rule itself will catch them. You personally do not need to waste your own energy to blame the Rule-breakers. You have bigger fish to fry. They'll pay back at their own pace. Meanwhile, allow Shani to help you remove the boulders blocking your path to God by accepting that the terrible suffering we face here on earth - physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual - is a spiritual privilege in a hideous package. Professor Shani's karma always has an educational message about neutral responsibility; releasing guilt, grief, and blame;
In order to move ahead on the path to God, the soul requires self-awareness, then awareness of the identity of self with the divine. If these big stupid boulders of ignorance - survival mentality, scarcity thinking, me first = screw you, and general fear-driven decision making continue to dominate the soul's consciousness, that soul will receive only short-term benefits of possible financial wealthor political power. At the time of death, that soul who has awakened to the true beauty of karmic law will be awed and impressed - but not afraid - of the greater structure of the universe which can be perceived after Death.
~~ B.V. Raman. (1992.) A Catechism of Astrology , 4th ed. p. 37
Q 42.Is a natural malefic, like Saturn, evil or good when exalted or in own house?
Even a natural malefic becomes benefic in his own or exaltation house.
But as a natural malefic, He will certainly cause some wasteful expenditure and some trouble in the family like loss of children."
~~ B.V. Raman , A Catechism of Astrology . p. 48
Q. 59 Saturn is a malefic planet, he becomes a benefic by owning kendras. If so, are his aspects also benefic? Is the term aspected by benefics'' occurring in the texts applicable to Saturn and such evil planets ?
Saturn is always an evil planet but may be malefic or benefic by ownership.
We classify planets into four kinds :
Whenever you find aspected by benefics we have to take good or subha planets .
In the expression benefic aspects it means only aspects by natural benefics such as Jupiter and Venus.
Shani rules obstacles which block flow. Health is a condition of free, balanced energy flow. So virtually any type of physical blockage is within the purview of Professor Shani's classroom. Such blockage does have psycho-emotional roots; however, during Shani periods, the physical symptoms are acute, and they normally require direct treatment on the physical level.
Shani prefers long-term wasting, drying and hardening effects such as arthritis and osteoporosis - but He can certainly induce a crisis through blockage, if He is virulent enough.
Professor Shani's classroom is associated with rigidity, dryness, cold, and exhaustion. professor Shani's two mortal enemies are
Professor Shani's classroom contains elements of repression, constriction, scarcity, bones, teeth and fixed structure, and fear . Physical diseases of fearful holding onto the past, like tumors; malnutrition and exhaustion; pain in the teeth and bones, and any illnesses that result from constricted circulation such as atrophy, frostbite and gangrene, are within the disease portfolio of Shani.
Impact in the Professor Shani's region of lowest (mula-dhara) chakra, such as colo-rectal disease, anal disease, and intestinal blockages. Shani (and also Azlesa ) rules excessive containment, squeezing or pinching, such as being squeezed by snakes, straps, or bindings - from the inside or outside.
Heart attacks which result from congestion of the arteries; compressed nerves such as pinched disk of the spine; stress fractures and bone breakage; circulatory
Diseases of poverty and aging, such as effects of malnutrition; arthritis, rheumatism, and osteoporosis, are also within Professor Shani's classroom.
|Potential Healings:|| |
Remedies such as homeopathic Arnica, which specifically increases blood circulation to compressed tissues (cures bruising) may be useful in acute injury or worsening of chronic conditions during Shani periods.
Ayurvedic quality food oils (olive and sesame) can help counteract Professor Shani's natural drying effects on the body. Massage and hatha yoga will help. Being nice to yourself will help.
Compassionate neutrality in every part of life (especially neutrality to Professor Shani's specialties of old age, disease, and death) will help.
|What doesn't help,|| |
as a rule, it does not do any good to try to combat Professor Shani's effects with the behaviors of His enemies Mangala and Ravi.
Gently breaking up overly rigorous, survival-driven or conformity-driven routines of all kinds may assist resolution of health problems - especially those that are due to long-term, embedded, sedentary habits.
Perhaps surprisingly, Ailments of Shani respond best to the energy of His planetary friend Shukra. Thus, sensual pleasures and bodily indulgences are beneficial aids to Professor Shani's constrictive, drying, aging, permission-denying, rule-bound structure.
Delicious foods prepared with healing pure oils and indulgent spices are very good for Shani conditions! A glass or two of dark wine; a soak in warm healing waters; allowing you (O responsible one) to be taken care of by another for an hour or so... are all marvelously effective antidotes which Shani ACCEPTS because ... Professor Shani likes His mitra-graha Shukra!
|~~ Mark Twain||A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.|
|Fear embedded in childhood memories tend to ossify in the subconscious. These ancient, but subconsciously masked, fears manifest unconsciously - but tangibly - as anxiety. |
Anxiety gives Shani-type symptoms like constriction of blood vessels (pin-dot pupils) cardiac seizure, and other types of constricted pranic flow.
Saturn's essence is fear. Phobia - from Phobos the ancient Greek god of Fear - is irrational fear.
|Rules, rules, rules||Hard/unskilled labor, servitude, agricultural work, poverty, hard luck, scarcity, stamina, detachment, humiliation, ego-membrane destruction, pogrom, conservation, purification, relentlessness, imprisonment, punishment, death sentence, stability, conformity, rules.|
|Shani reduces and retards but rarely destroys matters of His occupied house|
The results are usually favorable for wealth and health -- as Ben Franklin suggests! So even the most downtrodden Shani in those scary dushthana's Ari -bhava-6, Randhra -bhava-8, or Vyava Bhava -12 might produce clarity and structure in the mental and physical results stemming from Saturn's pragmatic, unsentimental realism -- especially if Professor Shani's dispositor is well placed.
Shani can in special circumstances give incredibly comfortable results . However, all the other planets would need to support Him. The only way for Shani to become a bona fide benefic is for him to occupy His own or exaltation sign (i.e., in Makara, Kumbha, or Thula) *and* occupy a kendra *AND* receive the drishti of Guru.
Generally Shani denies results when He rules a dushthamsha; but delays results when he rules better houses.
|~~ Paula Poundstone (comedienne)|| |
"The wages of sin are death, but by the time taxes are taken out, it's just sort of a tired feeling."
|Saturn's dristhi - 3rd, 7th, and 10th from His occupied house|
The more serious limiting and destructive force comes from Professor Shani's drishti , or aspect, onto the houses which lie 3, 7, and 10 away from it. Professor Shani's drishti can destroy the power of even the most flamboyant house.
Effects of Professor Shani's 3-7-10 drishti, by house location
Shani is all about Negative expectations (including Fear ). Native carries in preconceptions from parallel lives and is again reinforced in childhood, to expect poor results in the matters of the houses which Shani aspects.
The 3rd aspect produces the most negative expectation of all. If you understand nothing else about your radix chart, pay attention to Professor Shani's position and aspects.
Shani is the very definition of your karmic resistance: the acceptance and release work you have set for yourself in the current life. Professor Shani's impoverishing, restricting, damaging impact can be very significantly improved through Reflective Awareness . All of use are carrying around inherited negative expectations. Take a Skillful Pause.
Saturn does better in Swakshetra (own houses)
Although not as favorable as occupation of karma-bhava, Shani in labha sthana also gives comfortable results .
Professor Shani's classroom located in labha bhava = Shani drishti upon radical Mesha lagna, upon 5th-from-lagna, and upon 8th-from-lagna. No help from children or spouse's family. From labhasthana-11, Professor Shani's 3rd aspect to the lagna gives limits on physical vitality which translates to self-discipline and awareness of the Rules from the very earliest days of life.
|~~ Mark Twain|| |
"To succeed in life, you need two things:
|Chandra-yuti-Shani||Any Shani drishti to lagna or Moon can give short stature, physically or psychologically. If Shani aspects both lagna and Moon the person is thin-hipped, lacks fertility. However by carefully following social protocol (Shani) the native develops a marketplace reputation as conservative and reliable. |
As always, check Moon and the individual condition of randhra and vyaya bhava before concluding the extent of Professor Shani's spiritual and emotional repression.
Similar to Shani yuti or drishti Chandra ...Professor Shani's classroom located in bhava-4 may indicate problems related to scarcity, rigidity, or insufficiency in the relationship with the mother or heavy sobriety in the family home.
However, mother may enjoy a long life unless Professor Shani's classroom also afflicts the Moon or there is some other uncomfortable influence on bhava-4 or Moon.
SHANI = Natural Maraka
All questions of fleshly longevity must take into account the character of ayushkaraka Shani,"Lord of Age" (ayu).
Saturn is a natural maraka or killer planet. Saturn plays some role, major or minor, in every death.
Parashara says that the 8th and 12th from Saturn should also be assessed.
B.V. Raman , A Catechism of Astrology, p. 33
"Q. 40: Bhavartha Ratnakara says that if malefics occupy kendras, good results will happen.
Tamil authors say that Saturn in Lagna is bad.
How do you explain these contradictory statements?
It is true that malefics in kendra are good and it is also equally true that malefics in kendra are bad.
Saturn will be able to do good in everything that pertains to Saturn as a Karaka or as a Bhava lord or as a planet .
This will be experienced in his Bhuktis and Dashas,
|Shani in kendra = "Good in everything that pertains to Saturn"|
|~~ Robert Frost|| |
"The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office."
|Professional Insensitivity - Demanding, Critical Leadership|| |
Similarly the professional behavior: it is very difficult (until later middle age, when Shani gives fruits of maturity) for Shani-rising people to understand how they affect others through leadership and a tendency to enforce Draconian consequences .
Professor Shani's drishti from bhava-1 or bhava-4 upon karma bhava tends to place heavy leadership responsibilities upon the native .
The most common pattern is to acquire responsibility which outweighs one's authority, so that the burden of the personal task list (Shani-1) tends to take all the fun out of high-visibility leadership roles. (Shani = enemy of Surya karaka for delights and fun.)
Naturally, an empathetic Moon, a wise Guru, or a gabby Budha can improve this taciturn situation greatly.
|Shani in domains 1, 5, 7, and 10: Survival and Fear in Marriage|| |
Typically this native experiences some considerable handicap in perceiving the spouse's feelings. One relates to the marriage partnership almost entirely on the basis of material responsibility. The spouse remains an outsider and, increasingly, a work-task or time burden.
Only another Shani native will appreciate the heavy realism and fear of failure and death which motivates the alienation behavior in the spouse. Shani marital coldness is not malicious or exploitive but simply the result of lifelong self-reliance, non-collaboration, fear-driven choices, and an urgent need to control scarce resources. It is worth repeating that Shani-in-marriage natives are usually very capable providers.
|Shani and Divorce:|| |
Ceteris paribus, Professor Shani's negative aspect to the marriage house , which occur when Shani occupies houses 1, 5, and 12, does not break up marriages.
|Marriage-wise Shani in lagna and Shani-yuti-Chandraare equally difficult.|| |
Ceteris paribus, both the Shani aspect to yuvati bhava and Shani aspect to 7th-from -Chandra profile an emotionally cold, unsuitable first spouse .
In the West where we are generally socialized to quest for satisfaction rather than settle for what nature provides, Professor Shani's aspect to the 7th house usually signifies the need for a second marriage, because the first marriage is so unsatisfactory. However Shani does give staying power, and the native who has Shani aspecting either kalatra bhava or 7th-from-Chandra will generally stay in the difficult marriage for many years in order to exhaust all possibilities for agreement. In the end, this harsh drishti forces marital separation and the native feels cut off from social approval as well.
Is there a fix? Sure. release ignorance.
Professor Shani's classroom-of-suffering is caused by Separation from those people, places, and things to which we are most attached in material life.
While humans endure some trauma of constant attachment-separation, attachment-separation in this life, we need not become the victim of it.
By developing a knowledge of life outside the ego-membrane - by learning to think and perceive outside the box of material senses - Professor Shani's classroom-of-suffering can be seen scientifically, as a real but impersonal scientific laboratory for the study and processing of karmic requirements.
Professor Professor Shani's portfolio is to call past-life moral errors to our spiritual attention.
Once recognized, however, these errors can be quickly and permanently corrected through a simple release process.
Standing outside the situation in a neutral, non-judgmental place and accepting moral responsibility (not guilt !) for the situation, humans can easily appreciate our own brilliant creativity in creating the karma, and as soon as we own it we can choose to release it. Making amends to the persons involved may be helpful, but the essential chemical in the release process is simply gratitude.
Steps to release the fear, resistance, repression, and bondage imposed by dutiful Shani:
(It's easier than you might think.)
|Tarot= Emperor, Justice, knight of Pentacles|| |
If you read Tarot, you might enjoy contemplating the essentially Saturnine features of the Emperor and Justice. Bunning says, Both cards stand for universal order; the Emperor in its underlying structure, Justice, in the action of karma - cause and effect.
Also consider the Knight of Pentacles. Note how in Joan Bunning's description, the Knight can either use or be used by Saturn's thorough ... or obsessive ... drive.
|~~ Mahabharata Udyoga Parva 34.15|| |
One who plucks unripe fruits from a tree doesn't enjoy its taste, but succeeds in destroying its seed.
Q: Letter to a client experiencing the frustration of needing to accept 19 years disciplined apprenticeship in your craft - i.e., the Shani Mahadasha. Fortunately, this person's Shani is comfortably located in the radix chart in Zatataraka Nakshatra, in Kumbha, in The tenth house of leadership and public responsibility. But 19 years is a long time to be working on the basics! Even more socially frustrating when Shani Mahadasha occurs in mid-life...
A: Luckily, due to the superior dharmic nature of your Shani in Zatataraka Nakshatra which exposes your spiritual development in parallel lives , you are capable of consciously accepting austerities - in fact, you relish tapasya for the fruits it brings. Therefore there is no need for you to undergo the scorched earth experience of severe ego-membrane annihilation that so many people must endure with Professor Shani , who forbids fast progress.
Rather, you will experience the normal and natural effect of Shani Mahadasha, which is extremely slow progress using even the best-laid plans, a constant polishing of public presentation, and ruthless elimination of ego-membrane from all relationships, especially one's relationship to the public at large.
Although Shani normally is a troublemaker, your personal Shani is transformed into a good planet because
There is a significant downside to your unique Shani position. For you, Shani directly aspects both your commanding Sun and your dramatic Moon. This creates social and emotional tension for nineteen years.
You want a much bigger audience than the spirits will allow, and you want to reach them at a much more profound level than the spirits will approve.
The biggest challenge of Shani Mahadasha therefore is to release personal control - always doing your absolute best, of course - but accepting that the performance limitations are in place for a reason. Allowing the spirits to work through you rather than forcing them to impose outside restrictions requires a high level of psycho-spiritual awareness.
Setting the energy in a room, making agreements with the spirits that control the physical environments and also with the guardian spirits who attend you and the folks who come to you seeking professional information, will give superior results. Also being as detached as possible from the results of your efforts, whether success or failure, will help immensely in expanding your impact.
The end result of Shani Mahadasha will be perfection of public behavior due to profound inner purification. You are probably thinking, what is left to purify? But, because you still have about five years of Shani Mahadasha remaining, we know there has to be more laying in wait! You are now in the bhukti of Mars, a difficult place. Beware of criticism of self and others, hypocrisy, passive-aggressive expressions of anger,
Absolute objectivity is required to optimize your planets. For most people, the combination of Shani dasha with sade saati is devastating. Your spirit has determined that such catastrophic measures are not required for you in this lifetime.
So, it's exactly as you say: Jes keepin' on keepin' on!
When gochara Shani crosses your lagna:
This transit is a can't period which oppresses the physical body and social personality, usually involving loneliness and separations, as people find you difficult to live with and work with due to your subconscious low-permission state (manifesting as dysfunctional perfectionism and dominating ego).
You can survive it with maturity and objectivity, consistent with your dedicated spirituality and commitment to serve others.
The swami is absolutely right: if sade saathi does coincide with Shani Mahadasha , those 2.3 years of the white hot core of sade saathi (seven-and-a-half) can be very intense.
However, this event does not occur in your lifetime. Rather, you have the slow and steady polishing and purification, meeting many obstacles and patiently developing the skills to overcome them. Each time gochara Shani changes signs (every 2.3 years) a new set of obstacles arises.
For example, gochara Shani is now transiting your 2nd rashi bhava, and aspecting your Simha Chandra and Meena Budha . This condition gives financial pressure, and troubles of all types connected to the mouth [eating, speaking, oral traditions, teeth, jaw, etc]. Speaking especially -- because of Professor Shani's drishti to Mercury -- requires exquisitely fine attention to detail, and full consideration of effects on others before speaking.
So of course, you are graced to channel a magnificent teaching speech -- but because Shani requires tremendous neutral attention to detail, and Shani who slows everything, resists everything -- rules electro-magnetic communication devices -- your genius will not be electronically captured for posterity unless you personally set up the equipment. It's about mastery.
What Shani does is to create (or more properly, expose) psychic resistance (which can be eliminated by consciously working the spirits in the room) but also He demands that the native accept more personal control of the technology. In other words, if you want it done right, do it yourself. Shani asks for higher and higher levels of leadership responsibility, in order to reach a broader and broader audience with fairly tight control over the medium and the message.
Dear Shani. Each obstacle contains a lesson. The spirits know that you are a born leader with a mission to raise spiritual consciousness in the educator caste. They ask for your conscious partnership as they call your attention to finer levels of detail.
The purification process allows one to eliminate crude ego-membrane - i.e., attachment to those social and material results which the ego-membrane expects. Then if we can partner effectively with Shani, we are allowed to replace that flimsy and unreliable ego-attachment with the much more powerful and effective directive of the spirits, who have the bigger picture.
Trust the pace of progress under Shani to be perfectly timed and entirely appropriate to who you are - and who you are becoming - in the big picture.
Learn the rules so you will know how to break them appropriately.
|War on *Doubt*!|| |
According to Sogyal Rinpoche, the single greatest threat to human peace of mind is -- not hatred, anger, or guilt -- but rather **doubt**.
You do have the intelligence (abundant bhava-5) and the self-discipline (Shani in lagna) to make a practice of becoming aware of the presence of doubt and negative expectations in the three areas which Shani influences most strongly:
Note that Professor Shani's negative projections upon the work-group (3) can make the Shani-lagna native quite critical, dissatisfied, and unpleasant to work with.
Shani will damage marriage trust through chronic self-doubt projected upon the partner.
Professor Shani's drishti upon bhava-10 is the least harmful because bhava-10 does involve the management of scarce resources and distrust of egoism.
However the native is unhappy with their own career because of the self-criticism and negative expectations projected upon the boss.
Persistent negativity in career duties will blockone's superiors from guiding the path for the native to acquire increasing public responsibility.
Catching subconscious negative projections of doubt and pessimism"in the act"
It is strongly recommended to try to"catch" negative thoughts "in the act".
Nevertheless if the native is able to capture and work on negative thoughts at the level of direct mental perception, one will be spared much unhappiness.
If the negative thoughts are not recognized at the mental level, then the information will try to gain the native 's attention at the next grosser particulate level of the astral plane.
The astral plane contains a huge"ocean of emotion".
One the astral plane, the negative thoughts will manifest in a roller-coaster of that surges from wild fantasies of total redemptive love to blackest despair of abandonment and total rejection unto death.
The astral plane is not governed by time, so one might experience violent fluctuations of feelings - from bright to black and pure merging love to total isolated death - in a matter of minutes.
Avoid emotional suffering by capturing the originating thoughts
To avoid this type of violent emotional fluctuation one need only approach the task directly on the mental plane.
Perhaps only then will the native recognize how one became trapped in a web of tightly interwoven thoughts and expectations, which proceeded without interruption, to their logical and "destined" conclusion.
"Karma" "action" * the seeds of the action are sown on the causal plane.
Those seeds give fruit On the mental, emotional, and physical levels.
Mental, emotional, and physical sorrow can be avoided by addressing the karma on the higher levels of awareness. This requires examining one's beliefs and expectations.
As one believes, so one will manifest.
However for you and I, attacking the root cause on the mental plane seems a much more feasible strategy.
~~ Gospel of Luke , 11:34-35
"The light of the body is the eye:
Therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light;
but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.
Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness."
Q: Respected Madam, Namaskar.
I have observed the common effects on people during the period of Shani in strength.
1)There develops complete darkness, one doesn't understand how to move forward (COMPLETE BLACKOUT).
How does one mitigate the clouded darkness, one is tempted to make mistakes and repent later, the periods most of times are very long, and an impatient person can suffer very badly during the darker times. Kindly Guide,
Not many of us would understand in spiritual context the hidden benefits. PATIENCE IS THE ONLY REMEDY........I feel.
Best Regards Jai Ganesha.
very good question! Those who are under influence of Shani, for a short time (transit or bhukti) or a long time (a natal placement) will surely recognize your concerns.
Patience, as you note, is a key to surviving periods of survivalist Shani. Shani is a primary agent of karma. Karma means action, a doing, an event which is obliged or required to occur. It often seems that others (those who are represented by Shani in the nativity) are doing bad things. Or that others are rigid and unforgiving. Or that others are bitter, materialistic, fearful, or cold.
In this perceptual condition, where it seems that others are creating the problem, you are very right that patience with difficult persons in one's life will yield fine fruits of mature wisdom and acceptance. Professor Shani's greatest gift is indeed acceptance of all that is difficult in this life.
Compassion and Patience toward Others
Often the accuracy of one's perception is improved during Shani periods, especially in later life.
If one is eligible, through credit obtained via compassionate acts toward others, to understand that it is not indeed others who cause the problem (e.g., it is not the government or the company or the economy or the boss ).
If one is blessed (perhaps only intermittently) with the awareness that it is indeed one's own negative expectations, due to trauma in the present or parallel lives , which is causing a scripted repetition of a fundamentally fear-driven negative belief -- then, one can be patient with oneself. In being patient with oneself, the highest value may be appreciation of the power of time.
|The slow and inevitable qualities of material-world Time as apprehended by Humans can be a frustrating experience. |
Yet via to the relentless march of Karma which regulates the conversion of ignorance into wisdom, Time does heal all -- eventually.
|Intention to Endure, |
Intention to Release the Suffering
Other intentional attitudes or beliefs which have great utility in dealing with the pressures of a sustained Shani impact on a day-to-day basis may include
Reflection on the massive and often controlling role played by Fear in the human mind will help ease one's own suffering.
Minister Professor Shani's Portfolio of Fears
|Fear of Movement = the leading mandate in Professor Shani's ministerial portfolio. |
Fear of death, fear of pain , fear of abandonment, fear of entrapment, fear of falling, fear of disgrace ... the list of human fears goes on!
Skillful application of Mindstream Narrative management tools can very much assist one who is experiencing the effects of Shani.
Acquire the necessary toolkit. It is internal and not external.
It is good to be aware of Professor Shani's motive (to correct past-life moral errors) and his methods (infliction of fear-driven survival anxiety).
No one is to blame.
|Vajrayana Buddhist practice of Tong-Len||Tong-Len = breathing in the suffering of oneself and others, breathing out the healing of oneself and others |
Tong-Len can be very helpful in getting through moments of the most severe grief and terror.
|Compassion for Self|| |
Ultimately, compassion for one's own self is required. Jyotisha can be a helpful tool for self-understanding and self-neutrality.
Naturally each person born on Earth has some position of Shani present in the Jyotisha nativity, and this Shani will have numerous characteristics.
Shani rewards patience, perseverance, scientific neutrality, careful and detailed observations -- in short, Shani rewards study.
Shanaiscarya is the very karaka of the Student!
Comprehension of Suffering
Non-Reaction to Suffering
Compassion is essentially one's ability to comprehend the human suffering of another person without instinctively reacting to their pain. Compassion motivates competent, skillful action, in a positive, educated, and pro-active context. However, compassion excludes reactive responses such as punishment or incompetent trying to help .
of ten, the most compassionate response to something or someone is simply to leave it alone.
Non-interference, discipline, careful attention to detail, and neutrality are Professor Shani's hallmarks. These observant but non-reactive behaviors tend to give comfortable results during sustained Shani periods.
Isolation, separation, fear and grief
Socio-emotionally, Shani periods tend to contain scripted events of isolation, alienation, separation, humiliation, and grief. Shani is noted emotionally for feelings of intolerance, conservatism (esp. fear-driven reactionary conservatism or fundamentalism) and resistance to change. Shani periods are distinguished by acute experience of scarcity, fear of death-annihilation, coldness, labor, and fear. Did I mention fear? All the diverse elements of the Shani Script are rooted in fear.
|Fear, and Fear of Fear||The easiest route to resolution would be to deal directly with the fear. However, for most people, the biggest fear is fear itself -- fear is a tough thing to approach directly! |
Therefore, it is recommended to choose some safe and gentle ways to beat around the bush with fear - don't attack it directly unless one is under supervision of a reputable tantrik guru. First develop compassion toward the fear.
Compassion toward oneself, who is the fearful one.
On the minus side,
On the plus side,
Shani casts graha drishti
"The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering." ~~ Ram Dass
"Working the System"
One is rarely"inspired" or socially praised by one's work in the Shani-occupied bhava. Rather, the Shani-related work provides routine and structure.
One has the sense of fulfilling social obligation , and earning one's wages through honest labor. Shani is not glamorous or fun. He needs endless repetition and He staunchly resists any type of Change!
The natural enemies of slow and step-wise Shani =
If Shani is forced to share a bhava with Surya or Rahu, Shani will lose the comfort of a predictable routine and the native 's life will be deeply unsettled. Nevertheless the native may become a force
Shani brings psychological perfectionism.
Shani and the Power of Time
Shani periods can provide comfortable and pleasing results if one maintains an attitude of self-compassion, respect and appreciation for the power of Time, a willingness to listen to the advice of Elders-Survivors, and most of all a practical, hard-working, common-sense view of the material components of human existence. Humans are part material and part ephemeral; part animal and part divine. Shani rules our material nature.
As the Christian Bible says, Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to the Lord what is the Lord's . In other words, Shani periods require pragmatic attention to the earthly details of survival: food, clothing, shelter, basic social dignity, and respect for the power of Time. With these basic tools it is possible to craft a reasonable defense against the material, social, emotional, mental, and spiritual crises of sustained onslaughts of Shani.
At the lower levels of awareness, Professor Shani's script generates judgmentalism, anxiety and worry. At the higher levels, Shani indicates discipline, trained skill, and moral accountability to the customs of one's people. Should one notice a sinking of consciousness into the lower realms of anxiety and worry, it may be useful to consider that choosing to experience Shani at the higher levels is simply much easier.
Rather than worry about all the bad things that are happening or could happen, a smart Shani person looks at one's skills and abilities, looks at the task at hand, and estimates what can be done - and not done. That which can be done, will be done. That which cannot be done .... cannot be done!
|Serenity Prayer - Chandra Serena
The famous Serenity Prayer of the Alcoholics Anonymous movement (and of many before them) might offer a useful instruction for one in the grips of hard-working, survival-driven Shani:
"Lord, help me:
To change the things I can
To accept the things I can't
And the wisdom to know the difference.
|Shani Jayanthi |
email from a kind and thoughtful reader
| Namaste Barbara, |
Hope this email finds you in much better health than the last time and I pray that you recover swiftly. I remembered you for a particular reason. You mentioned the cause of your distress to be Saturn. I am from India and here we celebrate a festival names Shani Jayanti or Saturn's birthday. Incidentally, this year Shani Jayanti falls on Saturday, June 8, which is also Amavasya or lunar eclipse. How remarkable it is that Shani Jayanti is falling on a Saturday, dated on Saturn's number 8 and in a lunar eclipse! More remarkably, the moon on that day will be in Saturn's favorite rasi Vrishabh and Rohini nakshatra! The wonders of astrology never seem to cease!
In India, Shani Jayanti is celebrated with people going to Shani temple where they offer mustard and til oil on his idol. There is an interesting place in India named Shani Shingnapur in a remote village. It is a 10-12 hour journey by road from where I live. There is an interesting story behind this place which you can read here - http://www.shanidev.com/
The statue of Shani was said to have appeared by itself here and people will come to this place in lakhs on Shani Jayanti to offer oil and take darshan. Such is the fear of Shani here that this village has no doors because thieves fear to commit any crime here because they fear punishment from Shani!If you have any one here in India, you could ask him/her to donate oil to this statue here on your behalf. I am sure it will be of great benefit to you. Or maybe you could go through the website itself and contact someone in the temple to do it on your behalf. You could also visit a shani temple if there is any where you stay and offer oil. Anyway, I will be sure to separately offer oil on your behalf on June 8 and pray to Shani for your speedy recovery.
Do get well soon!
|Q: ... but you must understand that I had to move thousands of miles distant from my family in order to work... and I could not reveal the true situation to my colleagues ... as a matter of family honor, I felt forced to pay for my sister's wedding... I simply had no choice.|| A: Yes the Shani rhetoric is well known:"no choice, had to, was forced to, under duress, unable to", etc. |
Professor Shani's broadcasts use the guilt-and-grief words: should, ought to, have to, must. Implicit in the claim of absolute necessity is the Shani subtext"or you will die".
Shani uses a lexicon of false necessity , of absolute” consequences. Zani speaks through the reptile brain in crisis as it perceives a threat to survival .
However this perceived threat is Zani's unique delusion. From a non-Shani perspective it is possible to see that one in fact did not have to” relocate thousands of miles from one's dependents; there was a choice as there always is.
Albeit rarely the other choice is flesh-death.
Indeed, you made a choice. Was the choice pro-active or reactive? Was it conscious or unconscious? Was it framed in terms of freedom or necessity? You did not from a broader perspective have to” but reactive, unconscious, necessity-driven Shani undoubtedly made it seem as if there was no choice.
There was indeed a choice.
Did anyone put a gun to your head? If so there was a genuine real-life crisis of survival, and since the only other choice was death we humans who are DEEPLY programmed to survive at all costs would perceive"no choice". In cases of direct physical threat to suvival Professor Shani's judgment is highly accurate.
Usually however, Professor Shani's fear-driven inner dialog claims that external forces” govt, the economy, social criticism etcetera have vastly more power than any puny individual intelligence (Surya).
But this Zani-talk is spiritually false. All power comes from the Light Within. Yet anti-spiritual materialist Zani "the voice of social control" continues to broadcast His survival propaganda.
Some years ago I knew a woman who was living in a miserable state of mind, on the verge of suicide. She suffered from horrible self-blaming and vicious depressions – all in response to her self-perceived and self-defined FAILURE to give birth to her second child. She got stuck in a Shani-loop of blaming the system” and refusing to accept personal responsibility for her own self-invalidation.
She had desperately wanted a second child, and was in a non-married relationship when she conceived. Her amour would not abandon his highly placed wife and marital estate in order to marry the outside lover.
This woman searched her soul and decided that she had to” abort the much-wanted child because the social indignity (Shani) of being an unwed mother would crush” her parents. Shani-logic made it all sound like there was no possibility of choice since this was a matter of survival”… Yet from a non-Shani perspective it is easy to see that she certainly could have kept her child.
A few non-fear, non-Shani options include: She could have left the country, taken her children abroad, worked a hard job to make ends meet; it would have been tough but she certainly could have done it. Unfortunately being in the thrall of Zani, she felt fear of self-determination (5), so she took steps to annihilate any incipient consciousness of free choice. The agony of her guilt was massive, endless, and ultimately drove her into alcoholism and very sadly emotional abuse of the first child. All because of her self-fulfilling negative conviction that she had no choice”.
Professor Shani's "necessity narrative" can be very convincing, particularly if Shani has a relationship to bhava-2 or bhava-4 signifying family, or Shani impacts Chandra (emotional security) or Shani is temporarily oppressing an important lagna, such as during Sade Sati or Shani ashtamsha.
Nevertheless one who is aware of Professor Shani's unique delusions and who is willing to take a"second opinion" from a non-survival, non-materialistic, non-society, pro-creative, pro-intelligence perspective may be able to reduce Professor Shani's most extreme reactivity to a more moderate attitude of neutrality. That horrible oppressive feeling of absolute necessity need not be the determining experience of Shani. Maturity asserts that there is indeed always another choice, even if the alternative is to simply do nothing.
|Complaint Department|| |
"Sister Mary Katherine entered the Monastery of Silence.
The Priest said, Sister, this is a silent monastery. You are welcome to stay here as long as you like, but you may not speak until I direct you to do so .
Sister Mary Katherine lived in the monastery for 5 years before the Priest said to her, Sister Mary Katherine, you have been here for 5 years. You can speak two words.
Sister Mary Katherine said, Hard bed.
I'm sorry to hear that, the Priest said, We will get you a better bed.
After another 5 years, Sister Mary Katherine was called by the Priest. You may say another two words, Sister Mary Katherine.
Cold food, said Sister Mary Katherine.
The Priest assured her that the food would be better in the future.
On her 15th anniversary at the monastery, the Priest again called Sister Mary Katherine into his office. You may say two words today.
I quit, said Sister Mary Katherine.
It's probably best, said the Priest. You've done nothing but bitch since you got here."
14th Dalai Lama 1935- Policy of Kindness Tenzing Gyatso .
The Dalai Lama's Book of Wisdom.
"When unfortunate things happen in our lives there are two possible results.
One possibility is mental unrest , anxiety, fear, doubt, frustration and eventually depression,
The other possibility is that because of that tragic experience you become more realistic,
With the power of investigation, the tragic experience may make you stronger and increase your self-confidence and self-reliance.
(New International Version )
"Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words.
They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians.
Rabbi, they said, we know that you are a man of integrity
and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.
You aren't swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are.
Tell us then, what is your opinion?
Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?
But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said,
You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me?
Show me the coin used for paying the tax.
They brought him a denarius, 20 and he asked them,
Whose image is this?
And whose inscription?
Caesar's, they replied.
Then he said to them,
So give back to Caesar what is Caesar's, and give to God what is God's.
When they heard this, they were amazed.
So they left him and went away."
When everything is coming your way, you're probably in the wrong lane.
H. H. Dalai Lama , The Dalai Lama's Book of Awakening
"[An] important factor is your determination.
You should not imagine that all these developments can take place within a few days or a few years;
If you consider yourself a Buddhist and want to really practice Buddha Dharma,
then right from the start you must make up your mind to do so until the end,
regardless of whether it takes millions or billions of eons.
However, if we use life in a positive way,
On the other hand, if you just fritter your life away aimlessly then even one day feels too long.
You will find that once you have a firm determination and a clear objective, then time is not important."
Inner development comes step by step .
14th Dalai Lama 1935- Policy of Kindness Tenzing Gyatso ,
A Policy of Kindness: An Anthology of Writings By and About the Dalai Lama.
"You may think, Today my inner calmness, my mental peace, is very small, but still, if you compare, if you look five, ten, or fifteen years back, and think What was my way of thinking then? How much inner peace did I have then and what is it today?
This is how you should compare: not with today's feeling and yesterday's feeling, last week, last month, or not even last year, but five years ago. Then you can realize what improvement has occurred internally.
How to See Yourself As You Really Are
by 14th Dalai Lama 1935- Policy of Kindness Tenzing Gyatso,
trans. ed. Jeffrey Hopkins:
"Laziness comes in many forms, all of which result in procrastination, putting off practice to another time.
Another type of laziness is the sense that you are inadequate to the task of meditation, feeling inferior and discouraged: How could someone like me ever achieve this!
In this case you are failing to recognize the great potential of the human mind and the power of gradual training. All of these forms of laziness involve being unenthusiastic about meditation. How can they be overcome?
Contemplation of the advantages of attaining mental and physical flexibility will generate enthusiasm for meditation and counteract laziness.
Once you have developed the meditative joy and bliss of mental and physical flexibility, you will be able to stay in meditation for as long as you want.
At that time your mind will be completely trained so you can direct it to any virtuous activity; all dysfunctions of body and mind will have been cleared away."
Don't Give Up!
14th Dalai Lama 1935- Policy of Kindness Tenzing Gyatso .
"...Do not be discouraged.
It would be very foolish to give up now.
On those occasions when you feel most hopeless, you must make a powerful effort.
Just a drop of something sweet cannot change a taste that is powerfully bitter.
In difficult personal circumstances the best recourse is to try to remain as honest and sincere as possible.
This is especially apparent in painful family situations.
It is important to diminish undisciplined states of mind, but it is even more important to meet adversity with a positive attitude.
Beyond that, imagine that you are easing the burden of everyone suffering problems of that kind.
This practice -- imagining that by accepting your pain you are using up the negative karma of everyone destined to feel such pain -- is very helpful."
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